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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1961
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37205
    • Phone:
    • +16152977545
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Aquinas College Nashville

The History of Aquinas College is a private, Catholic, four-year liberal arts college founded in 1961, owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee. Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and the arts and sciences, Aquinas College is a leader in the formation of educators who are sent forth to teach, preach, and witness to Truth and Charity for the salvation of souls and the transformation of culture.

Academic Highlights

Aquinas College’s academic programs are rooted in the Dominican Tradition, a Catholic spiritual and intellectual tradition entering its eighth century. By the inclusion of philosophy and theology in each course of study, the academic programs facilitate the “dialogue between faith and reason” (Ex Corde Ecclesiae, 17).

Life in Aquinas College Nashville

Aquinas College, we offer something that cannot be measured merely by a catalog of course offerings. With a unique focus on the dignity of the human person from an authentic Catholic perspective, we offer something which is rooted in Someone: the person of Jesus Christ, Who has a plan for each of us. All of the resources and activities of the campus help our students discover that plan and equip them with the educational, social, and spiritual support they need to respond generously to God’s call.

School Ranking

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Aquinas College as 14th in Best Regional Colleges in the South in its 2015 rankings, up from a ranking of 30th in the previous year. Contributing to the high ranking were the low class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio, high freshman retention rate, high test scores, a high graduation rate, and a high peer assessment score. The magazine also recognized Aquinas College for being 4th in Best Colleges for Veterans in the same regional college category, up from 7th in the previous year.


Our students are dedicated to probing Truth. Each class is an encounter of faith and reason, dialogue and reflection, in an atmosphere of faith.  At Aquinas College, you will find yourself immersed in learning alongside the Nashville Dominicans and other students personally committed to developing God’s gifts in themselves and others.

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